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Border crossings despite Colombia-Venezuela row

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Border crossings despite Colombia-Venezuela row


It looks like business as usual on the border despite the dispute between Colombia and Venezuela.

The military may be present. But pedestrians and cars have been crossing as before, even though Caracas has broken off diplomatic relations with its neighbour.

Yet buying fuel in Venezuela is proving tricky according to Colombian service station boss Nestor Jimenez. He says authorities are “asking for documentation. They are giving us a lot of trouble.”

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez severed ties in protest at Colombian claims his country is a haven for leftist rebels.

But, standing by its charges, Bogota is demanding better cooperation from Venezuela to dismantle
armed groups battling Colombia’s government.

“What is required is a specific instrument or mechanism to solve the bottom-line issue so that there is effective cooperation in the fight against terrorism and to destroy these groups once and for all,” said Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez

All smiles as he hosted Argentine football coach Diego Maradona, Venezuela’s Socialist President is furious at the Colombian claims. Hugo Chavez says they are lies put forward as a pretext for a possible US-backed invasion of his oil-producing country.

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